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Echinacea laevigata is often confused with:
Echinacea purpurea Echinacea purpurea
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Viola sororia Viola papilionacea
Solidago chilensis Solidago odora in the fall in Moore County
Solidago caesia Solidago caesia

Sometimes mispelled as "Smooth Purple Cone Flower" Echinacea laevigata

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ek-in-AY-shee-a lee-vih-GAY-tuh
Description

 "Echinacea"  is derived from the Greek word echinos which means sea-urchin or hedgehog, referring to the pointy cone found in the center of flowers in this genus.Echinacea laevigata is federally listed endangered species found in the piedmont regions of the United States.  This echinacea looks similar to its relative Echinacea purpera.  They enjoy plenty of sun and are often spotted along roadways or sunny forested areas.  They grow well with calcium and magnesium-rich soil.   It reproduces through rhizomes and by seed.  

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Tags:
#showy flowers#wildlife plant#purple flowers#honey bees#nectar plant#coneflower#piedmont#cut flowers#low maintenance#spring flowers#specialized bees#summer flowers#deer resistant#daisy-like#native garden#native wildflower#larval host plant#food source winter#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#wavy-lined emerald butterfly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#wildlife plant#purple flowers#honey bees#nectar plant#coneflower#piedmont#cut flowers#low maintenance#spring flowers#specialized bees#summer flowers#deer resistant#daisy-like#native garden#native wildflower#larval host plant#food source winter#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#wavy-lined emerald butterfly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Echinacea
    Species:
    laevigata
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Pennsylvania to SE. U.S.A., NC
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant supports Wavy-lined Emerald (Synchlora aerata) larvae. The flower is visited by honey and native bees for its nectar and birds in the winter if seed heads are not removed.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    NC Region:
    Piedmont
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Blooms from May to July with narrow purple or light pink ray flowers that droop down and are about 4" long.  The disk flowers in the center rise in a cone shape and are dark purple.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer